Amelie Gautreaux and Mia Stewart were crowned this month when eight women vied for the titles of Teen and Miss Alligator Festival. They will reign over the 2022 Alligator Festival and will spend the next year as ambassadors for the festival and the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish.
The contestants participated in interview, sportswear, and evening gown competitions during the Sept. 11 pageant, which was held at Hahnville High School.
Gautreaux was crowned Teen Alligator Festival. She is the 16-year-old daughter of Therese Mobley and Andre Gautreaux of Norco and is a junior at Archbishop Chapelle High School.
In the teen division, Alida Dufrene of Paradis was awarded first runner-up and Heidi Gauthier of Moreauville was awarded second runner-up. Lily Troxler of Hahnville was awarded the fashion and photogenic awards.
Stewart was crowned Miss Alligator Festival. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Dominique and Larry Stewart of Kenner and is a senior at Kenner Discovery School. Stewart was also awarded the congeniality award. She will represent the Alligator Festival at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals convention in February 2023.
In the miss division, Rina Maisuria of Paradis was awarded first runner-up and the people’s choice award. Haley Windstein of Destrehan was awarded second runner-up.
The 41st Alligator Festival will be held Sept. 22-25 at the West Bank Bridge Park. The festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish and features live alligators, 10 bands, carnival rides, Cajun cuisine, craft booths, and more.
Kelsey Pollock, the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish’s public relations chair and festival marketing director, said the club is working hard to bring back the Alligator Festival bigger and better than ever.
“After the effects of the pandemic and Hurricane Ida, we hope that the Alligator Festival will give our community an opportunity to reunite and celebrate,” Pollock said.